HMS Warrior 1860
HMS Warrior 1860
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
As you arrive at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the stunning sleek, black lines of Britain's first iron-hulled, armoured warship, take your breath away. Warrior, launched in 1860, was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day and had a profound effect on naval architecture. Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet within a few years she was obsolete. Restored and back at home in Portsmouth, Warrior now serves as a ship museum, monument, visitor attraction, private venue and more.
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  • Stacey R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience
    Meeting one of the Stocker men on board today (12.06.23) really made our visit worth while. He was amazing, have us lots of information on what life was like on board the Warrior for all of the crew and how his job worked. We learnt so much from him that we probably wouldn’t have learnt if we had to read signs as we walked around.
    W6676gxstaceyr, we're happy to hear you had such a positive experience with our team! Thank you for your kind words and this wonderful review! We hope to welcome you again soon. ^SF
    Written June 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Andy
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational, informative and fun
    Far and away my favourite of all the exhibits we saw at the historic Dockyard. The ship itself is interesting in as much as it featured many new innovations for the time but what made it special and brought the whole thing to life were the actors portraying crew members. These guys were incredibly knowledgeable but put the information over in a fun and interesting way and were able to pick up on a question that was asked and give a comprehensive answer.
    Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We look forward to your next visit! Take care! ^SB
    Written July 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Ibrahim G
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's rather large with a fair bit to see
    As with other boats safety was pointed out before getting on board. trip hazards and deck and low ceilings. There was some work going on in a small section of the upper deck of the boat but this didn't take away from the experience. There were some staff on board in character, in the locations they were most likely to be on the boat, if you wanted ask questions. This is a huge boat with a variety of different decks to visit and bits to read. I think my autistic son enjoyed the size and going up and down the steps to the various locations.
    Ibrahim G, thank you for sharing your positive experience! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit to HMS Warrior and that our team were helpful. We hope to see you again soon. ^RH
    Written July 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • louise monaghan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and memorable experience.
    My husband is fascinated by all things nautical so I agreed to visit HMS Warrior with him and was expecting to simply endure an hour or so of historic facts and rather dreary exhibits. What I wasn't expecting was for history to be brought to life and made memorable by a brilliant interpretation of a naval officer - Lieutenant Fisher. Not only was he authentic but also incredibly entertaining and funny! This kind of experience really does make history so much more digestible and I think more museums should take HMS Warrior's lead. And as if our time with a naval officer wasn't enough, below deck the harsh reality of a stoker's life were made real by Stoker Tamlin. A gritty, forthright and grim interpretation that contrasted so brilliantly with life above deck. A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and memorable experience. Thank you!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • jean s
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Grand Day Out
    One of the many superb attractions HMS Warrior is a credit to the dockyard. We had a fabulous day and as ever were historically entertained by the crew of 1860 who bring the ship to life. we felt we had travelled back in time and made firm friends with Ltn Fisher, his rapport was excellent - knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. Truly brought history to life. The ship itself is an historic gem maintained to a high standard well done everyone and thank you,
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Kathryn P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a Ship
    I had a lovely day at HMS Warrior, Mr Fisher was excellent company with a wealth of knowledge and good humor. He showed us around the decks explaining how everything worked. We were then received by the engineer who again had excellent knowledge of the ships engines and other areas. Both guides stayed in character for the whole day which was amusing. Loved it and would go again.
    Visited September 2022
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Tommy W
    Wokingham, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    We recently visited HM Warrior. I have to say that we were impressed by the ship but more so by the crew we met, Mr Fisher and the stoker. Mr Fisher’s knowledge of the ship and the era was amazing and he answered every question in great detail. He did the gun drill and rifle drill, two of the adults were permitted to actually hold the guns and the ship and the way the guns work was explained fully. Needless to say the two adults had a great time and reverted to being children!!! The stoker involved the children asking them questions and explaining details comparing answers to experiences they could alike to in their lives - such as food rations and working in the heat. All in all a very educational and interesting day out.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Demothesis
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour
    Viewed the Warrior as part of the Ultimate Shipyard Ticket. Really fabulous ship, but what made it for us was the actors on board sharing their ‘on ship’ experiences. Really good fun and a great visit.
    Demothesis, thanks for your praise and kind comments about our team. Thank you for letting our team know how we did! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Take care! ^SF
    Written October 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • EJ1990167
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and entertaining visit - great crew and staff
    It's been a dream of mine to visit the ship and it certainly didn't disappoint. Imposing and impressive from the outside, it was fascinating inside and every single member of the crew or staff were helpful and knowlegable. Despite having read about this ship I learned so much while there. Standout hit was the in-character crew, we ended up having a long and detailed conversation with one of the gun crew which was thoroughly enlightening.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and thank you for your kind comments about our team. We will ensure your feedback is shared with our operations team. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon! ^SF
    Written December 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Lisa T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HMS Warrior
    I was reluctant to go at first as I wanted to go on HMS Victory (we only had time for one more!) but I am so glad we did. You could wander around freely and enjoy every aspect of the ship. The best bit though, that made this such a great experience, were the character crew. They were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and completely in character. They knew the 'big' stuff but also had so many anecdotes that were funny, interesting and informative. We spoke to the lieutenant for ages and he was amazing, I could have listened to him all day! Excellent attraction!
    Hey there, Thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team! Our team strives to deliver an excellent experience, and are glad you found this to be the case during your visit. If you have further needs or questions, please reach out! ^NH
    Written February 26, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2024
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Jacinda F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
My first visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with my family. HMS Warrior looked very impressive as we approached. Onboard we met Paul, an experienced guide, who enthusiastically answered our questions. He explained about the different types of cannons, the engines, furnaces etc and what life onboard would have been like for the men. He was happy to guide our small party around the main parts of the ship giving us facts and figures and stories of people who had lived and worked onboard. We got so much more out of the visit than walking round ourselves or using a guide book. Paul was so knowledgeable and made the experience the absolute best.
Written February 26, 2022
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FedoraOnTour
Sidcup, UK206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
No electronic guide but "living" ships characters portrayed by some very knowledgeable actors. A fascinating relic of a bygone age when Britannia really did rule the waves. Another must see in the Dockyard
Written September 27, 2021
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Caroline S
Ramsbottom, UK448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Certainly worth seeing. Went round the Warrior as part of our Portsmouth Dockyard visit. Spent at least a couple of hours, staff are all in authentic garb and keep in their character whilst telling you about the ship and their role. All are really knowledgeable and this is a great way to learn about the ship and the time period it sailed in. Really worth the cost, very interesting visit.
Written July 12, 2022
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Calnetzia
Brighton, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
It was supposed to be a treat for my partner ( male). I was blown away! It was fascinating. There were guides dressed in period costumes who were incredibly well informed and brought the whole ship and shipboard experience to life. Excellent! Thanks guys
Written September 30, 2020
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Sarah B
Braintree, UK315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Our first port of call was on board warrior. We couldn't get over the fact she was just 50 years older than victory but how far technology had come. The live actors in costume really have an immersive experience and their font of knowledge was staggering. Amazing ship and fantastic history lesson. Allow 1.5-2hours
Written October 11, 2020
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Chris M
Cheltenham, United Kingdom44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This was an unexpected pleasure. It has been set up well to cope with covid limitations. It is a big ship and worth the time taken to explore it thoroughly. You learn a lot in the process. The attendants on duty to act their parts in its story were great to talk to
Written October 28, 2020
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James
Bargoed, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Beautiful Royal Navy ship - a fantastic representation of Industrial Britain and Naval advancement.

It is fascinating to see how quickly naval technology progressed in the 19th century, from Victory to Warrior, the difference in 55 years is huge and represents industrial advancement in an extremely visceral way. What makes this even more amazing is that Warrior herself was rendered obsolete around 15 years after she was built.

The ship itself is in superb restored condition - from the gun deck to the engine rooms, it is truly remarkable. The guides in uniform and character aboard the ship were very knowledgeable and professional.
Written June 6, 2021
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Hilary G
West Sussex97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Warrior, but it won't be our last. For anyone who is in the least bit interested in Victorian social or industrial history it's a must-see. The 'sailors' on board, with their stories and demonstrations made the visit even better.
Written February 17, 2022
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Natalie Starling-Booth
Birmingham, UK1,179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I'm not really in to ships or boats so when my husband suggested a trip to Portsmouth Dockyard I wasn't really too bothered but as soon as you walk in and see HMS Warrior staring straight back at you, my mind was well and truly changed.

She sits in the harbour so beautiful, your mind can't help wondering what she's seen over the years.

I would recommend pre-booking tickets to see her.
Written August 31, 2020
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Ibrahim G
Huddersfield, UK126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
As with other boats safety was pointed out before getting on board. trip hazards and deck and low ceilings.
There was some work going on in a small section of the upper deck of the boat but this didn't take away from the experience.
There were some staff on board in character, in the locations they were most likely to be on the boat, if you wanted ask questions.
This is a huge boat with a variety of different decks to visit and bits to read. I think my autistic son enjoyed the size and going up and down the steps to the various locations.
Written July 23, 2023
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Ibrahim G, thank you for sharing your positive experience! We are really glad that you enjoyed your visit to HMS Warrior and that our team were helpful. We hope to see you again soon. ^RH
Written July 26, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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